NJ Union Training Teachers in Woke Ideologies, Report Shows

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is training its more than 125,000 teachers to indoctrinate young children into CRT ideology

As reported by the Sunlight Policy Center of New Jersey, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is training its more than 125,000 teachers to indoctrinate young children into CRT ideology and radical sexual education – all in deliberate conflict with the wishes of many concerned New Jersey parents. 

In mid-July, the NJEA conducted a two-session 2022 Summer Collaborative called “Teaching is Political” in Newark, hosted by the appropriately-named Radical Pedagogy Institute. According to their website, RPI seeks to implement woke, “anti-racist” initiatives and tear down institutions that maintain so-called “white supremacy.” Their methods, of course, include the radical indoctrination of students. During the sessions, groups of teachers formulated plans to defend the New Jersey student learning standards against “the current attacks on critical race theory, ethnic studies, and LGBTQ+ inclusive education.”

RPI is training NJEA members to become activists for far-left education policies pertaining to the teaching of woke curricula and ideologies to students in Pre-K all the way through the 12th grade. As the Sunlight Policy Center explains in their report, “The explicit purpose of these sessions is to train teachers to politically organize fellow teachers, find allies in the local community and help effect radical education policy change in their local school districts.”

Some of the more jarring examples of RPI’s proposed curriculum for young kids are “Drag Pedagogy: The Playful Practice of Queer Imagination in Early Childhood” and “Reading, Writing and Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and in the Classroom.” That is the kind of curriculum RPI has recommended for small children, including those between grades 1 and 3.

In a follow-up report, Sunlight demonstrated that the NJEA is actively taking a side against these [concerned] parents.” In the midst of pursuing their objectives, the NJEA has founded the “Center for Honesty in Education” (CHE). The irony of the title is nothing next to its ‘Propaganda Watch,’ which names the Sunlight Policy Center itself as a culprit of spreading ‘misinformation’ – the majority of which just so happens to be criticism of the NJEA.

The first Sunlight report adds that, “[w]hile the NJEA claims it is fighting ‘bad actors who seek to politicize our schools,’ it is [in fact] the NJEA that is seeking to politicize teachers and schools.”

Samuel Bravo
Samuel Bravo is an undergrad student at Webster University's School of Communications in St. Louis with a focus on journalism and media studies. He is an aspiring reporter and a writer for Chalkboard Review.

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